Australian construction firm Lendlease has been appointed by Queensland Airports to deliver Gold Coast Airport’s southern terminal expansion, the next phase of the $370m ($262m) airport redevelopment scheme called ‘Project LIFT’.
Project LIFT includes the terminal building expansion, creation of additional aircraft parking stands and the development of a consolidated ground transport facility.
Under the agreement, Lendlease will construct a three-level terminal, including aerobridges, south of the current facility.
The project is expected to create up to 1,500 jobs during construction.
According to Queensland Airports CEO Chris Mills, the Gold Coast Airport project will address capacity issues and pave the way for future passenger growth.
He said: “Gold Coast Airport looks after 6.6 million passengers a year, and this will more than double by 2037.
“The existing terminal is currently operating beyond capacity. This expansion will not only help us meet demand, it will create an entry point to the city, befitting the nation’s leading tourism region.
“Last year we completed the first phase of Project LIFT, the 20,000 square metre expansion of our apron to create more aircraft parking space leading into the Commonwealth Games.”
Mills said that Lendlease is an ideal partner for the project, as it has extensive experience in property and construction, including work in the aviation sector.
He said: “We look forward to working with Lendlease on the terminal expansion, which will commence soon and is expected to be completed in mid-2021.”
The new terminal will double the floor area of the existing terminal and, depending on demand, the facility will offer more flexibility to service domestic and international services, said Gold Coast Airport.
Lendlease Building CEO Dale Connor said: “We look forward to working with Queensland Airports to expand the Gold Coast Airport in preparation for future domestic and international growth.
“Over the life of the project, we’ll be employing upwards of 1500 subcontractors and suppliers – many of whom will be local to the Gold Coast.
“During peak construction times, approximately 250 workers will be required onsite at any one time.”
In February 2019, ground was broken on a 192-room Rydges-branded hotel adjacent to the southern terminal footprint.
Image: Rendering of the Gold Coast Airport’s southern terminal expansion. Photo: Courtesy of GOLD COAST AIRPORT.